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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Knitting Needles Break??

This is my own design!!  I was feeling so excited about it and couldn't wait to blog it until......I leaned over to pat my dog and one needle broke into pieces.  No, my belly isn't that big!!  They are plastic, yes, but I loved them, and had just thought about how fast I could knit with them.  They have a tapered tip which made knitting with them a dream for me.

I got these needles and many others, including lots of yarn from a mom I met when my daughter was horse back riding, which helped a lot with her anxiety.  The mom brought in a huge garbage bag of many, many different types of yarn.  I was humbled.  She said she had arthritis and could no longer knit.  I felt so sad for her and I could tell that by giving me that bag, that she was ready to stop staring at her stash in sadness.

I think of her every time I use any of that yarn or a pair of cool knitting needles.  Oh, by the way, this is a beanie that I sorta made up as I went along.  I used the yarn I got in a Darn Good Yarn monthly yarn box subscription.  I think it was silk and recycled plastic.  The pattern for that month was a little knit pouch, but I didn't really want to do that, so I started this beanie.  The purple is Caron Simply Soft by Yarnspirations.  Yes, an interesting combo, but it just may work!!

Stay tuned!!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Spring Please!!!!

Oh spring, where are you?  It has been below zero for the last 3 mornings with just a few inches of snow.  The furnace isn't keeping up and the warranty company is giving me a headache.

These pictures are from Flower Patch Farmhouse.  I get their newsletter by email and I plan on ordering some seeds from them this year.  I have never been very lucky with morning glories, mostly because the Colorado soil is like mud/cement and really isn't conducive to much but drought tolerant plants.  The best thing to do is plant in raised beds with store-bought soil.

Vegetables don't do too badly in cement soil.  Peas, carrots and kale actually do quite well.  There is a lot of clean up to do in the back yard and in the gardens.  It's overwhelming.  I spent most of fall in the hospital and wasn't able to get anything done.

I am making my way with the The Harper Wool Jacket.  On big needles with thick wool, I can only do so much at a time.  I've separated the sleeves and am now working on the body.  More updates soon!

It's been a quiet morning as the kids and the dogs have slept in.  Off to botanical painting class!!

Take care, Heather

Monday, February 4, 2019

Beautiful Colors for Spring Crocheting

These are my new favorite colors!!  I was so excited when I found this Lionbrand Mandela yarn called Pegasus.  I'm making a light weight blanket with this yarn to match my dream decor below!

Although there have been a few issues with this yarn, which surprised me.  First, if you enlarge the picture you can see that in the lightest peach section, there are a few blue stitches.  I am pretty bummed about that because it makes the blanket look like it's a bit dirty in that spot.

Another issue was that there was a knot where three pieces of yarn intertwined.  Once it got the knot undone, it was a 5 inch piece of yarn tangled on two ends of the yarn skein. I've never seen that before.

Then, as I was crocheting away, I bumped into a a section of yarn that had dwindled down to 1 ply.  Ugh.

I'm very attached to these colors and I like the yarn texture, so I will forge ahead!!!

I so love these colors by Ace Hardware and want to use them to freshen up my living room.  Ahhh, painting, not my favorite task.  I think I can stay motivated enough though because I love the color combination so much!!

Below is my winter hyacinth bulb that I had found at Walmart and brought me so much joy and aroma therapy whilst doing the dishes.  My mom said to "give the bulb a rest" and then plant it in the back yard.  I'm not sure how long to "rest" the bulb, I think a few weeks or so.

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Back soon, Heather